Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Warm weather


This past weekend we celebrated M's 13th birthday. The weather has been amazingly warm: 27 degrees C some days. A new record has been set for days above 20 degrees in May. We're really experiencing the effects of climate change here.... it's usually way cooler than this!

As it was so warm, I got my ankles out:


APC sandals, Frame jeans (no holes or rips, GSL!), Mansur Gavriel bag.

We had a big birthday lunch for M at my parents' place:



My mother made a raspberry cheesecake. It was utterly delicious.

Here's M blowing out the candles:


M reports that 13 feels no different from 12, but she's glad it's over and she's now officially a teenager (so has an excuse to be stroppy!)

In other earth-shattering news, I've decided against the stripey Max Mara skirt from last week's post. I've spurned it in favour of two other (much cheaper) skirts. 
Sneak preview of one below:


It was very cheap - from Top Shop no less!
I haven't bought anything from TopShop since I was in my 20s!
I'll take some more pics of it and the other new one later in the week.

I'm usually much more likely to buy one good quality item over multiple cheaper ones, but this week I've surprised myself by doing the opposite.

Do you prefer quality over quantity? 

Finally, where is xoxo? her blog is gone - I really hope she's ok. If anyone has any intel, I'd love to know.






21 comments:

  1. It is a bit life altering when daughter gets older...nothing, and I mean nothing, makes you feel old than having a pert little daughter standing next to you. Graciously give her the limelight when she is near. Hog it all to yourself when she is not. As far as clothes, I buy what I like and makes me feel good and that includes the price. XOXO probably just had enough of it. I got the impression she was being harassed and who needs that shit. And finally, I need to ask you about the University of Sunshine Coast. Em is considering studying abroad there the fall of 2015. Insight? Thoughts? Email me htharri@comcast.net

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    1. That would be our fall, September, your spring?

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    2. So true, T! I am very happy to stand back and let her have the limelight, although so far she isn't very interested in that!

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  2. Cant wait to see your skirts!
    Thats funny thats it is so warm in Sydney,because it has been an unusually cold winter and spring here.

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    1. Climate change is really messing with weather worldwide.... it's been ridiculously warm here, but is cooler today.
      Will post pics of skirts at the weekend!
      Hope your weather warms up soon!

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  3. Happy birthday to your daughter! I am sure it's climate change - I'm in the northern hemisphere, and we're getting 28-30C weather here as well. Looking forward to seeing your skirts!

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    1. I don't think there's any doubt that it's climate change (apart from the anti-science people!).
      Skirts coming soon!

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  4. A big Happy Birthday to M! She's a real beauty! Mum's raspberry cheesecake looks delish. The TopShop skirt shows promise but hard to tell from that altitude.

    For future reference, that orange and the H-L blue (which everybody remembers) are your 'go-to' colours.

    Very high marks on Frame jeans, APC sandals & M-G luggage.

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    1. Thanks GSL! Glad you approve ;-)
      The HL will probably get an airing this weekend for my friend's 50th party, weather permitting!

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  5. Trying to stick to quality over quantity.

    I love that Top Shop skirt of yours.

    SSG xxx

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    1. Thanks SSG! Quality is usually my preference, so this was a real change!

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  6. Hello Ruth,

    A very Happy Birthday to M. She looks adorable and the raspberry cheesecake made in her honour looks totally delicious. Such a happy family occasion it looks to have been and it is these simple pleasures which are so very precious!

    We are rarely to be found in shops of any kind but, when we do venture into a clothes store we try to buy something that may be called a 'classic' or, in our terms, something that will mean that we do not have to go in again for at least six months!

    From the camera angle, your skirt looks like a piece of modern architecture. And we love the mirrored sandals and vermilion toes. Tres chic!

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    1. Dear Jane and Lance,
      I can totally understand your horror of shopping - it can be a dreary experience, with little joy or excitement. I only ever go to a handful of shops these days, and those are small boutiques where I have developed a relationship with the assistants. The rest of my shopping is done online, which can be a risk, but avoids the horror of entering a loud, bright and noisy mall or other large store!
      Many of the shops in Sydney are full of what we call 'Sales Prevention Officers' (SPOs) in our house. Customer service is appalling - we attempted to buy some new towels the other day in one of the department stores here. Nobody to serve us, just a few assistants chatting in the corner of the store, avoiding any customers like the plague. Shocking!
      It is no wonder many people buy online these days. At least there's no unpleasantness and the store will take your money!

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  7. Happy Birthday to M! We are like Ina - it is freezing here. I believe Dani has a sense of xoxo - I don't think it was harassment, but don't know personally. I am sure she is very busy with the boys!

    I love those APC sandals. As for quality over quantity - I feel unable to answer that question anymore. I have realized that more boredom factor is high. For VERY basic basics, I am all for quality, for the rest, I am not so much about quantity as I am about a bargain - the best I can buy cheaply as frankly, I doubt I will want to keep it forever unless it is black! I have bought a couple of cute things this spring that were very inexpensive but very nice and if I don't care for them as much next year, well, no harm done!

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    1. Hi Wendy, so sorry to hear it's still cold chez toi.
      I agree with you re boredom. I really didn't need either of the skirts I've bought, in fact I almost certainly should have put the money towards something else, but I felt a bit bored and so took the plunge. Oh well.
      The TopShop skirt is fun, but already annoys me because the seams don't line up!

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  8. never met a cheesecake i didn't like and that ones looks delicious!
    Happy birthday to the new teenager - what a milestone? She is so lucky to have your wardrobe to borrow very soon ;)

    PS I didn't go to topshop even in my twenties so you go Ruth and rock it for others!

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    1. Hi Naomi, it was a very delicious cheesecake!
      It will be fun to see what M makes of my wardrobe in years to come.
      She's already ear-marked some Prada sandals for herself!

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  9. Happy Birthday to M! That's a big milestone! The cake looks delicious. I love homemade Birthday cakes. They are so special.

    I try to buy quality over quantity, but as Wendy said, sometimes a cheaper item is just worth it. I tend to buy cheaper tees as the stretch and fade so fast and the pricey ones didn't seem to be of better quality anyway.

    We had a brutal winter and our spring hasn't been so warm. I am looking forward to some warmer weather, hopefully without terrible humidity.

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    1. Hi A, home made cakes are the best! We rarely eat commercially made ones as we're lucky enough to have friends and family with the baking gene!

      I can't get my head around expensive tees - I look at those ones on NAP for $200+ and just can't fathom who would pay that much for a simple t shirt!
      Hope your weather improves soon.

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  10. I love the look of that skirt! I sometimes go for quality, handbags are an example, though now that it is summer am rotating through my straw bags which were not too expensive, I have 3, love them. Don't mind if they get knocked around.
    Truth be told I am dressing like a hobo these days as I spend my time cleaning, painting or walking Scout which is getting more serious by the day as she approaches Pony Size.
    xoxo is doing great, I've been in contact with her, she is very busy with her boys, has had some of her writing scooped up (very exciting) and she might have had some nasty blog related comments etc but she is pretty amazing at intellectualizing everything and wouldn't let it get to her, I always loved that about her. She's a talented woman to be sure! We'll all miss her in the blog world.
    Wow I can't believe you're having such warm weather. Great ankle weather though.

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    1. Dani, your straw bags are wonderful - they look very good quality.
      Thanks for letting me know about xoxo. I miss her blog, sorry to hear about the nasty trolls. Great that she's had some of her writing acknowledged, though.
      I'm sure that you must be the chicest hobo ever ;-)

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